From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, November 14, 2014 1:01 AM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for November 14, 2014

The Bulletin - A Community Update for November 14, 2014

NOTE:  While Amir is visiting family and friends in Israel, he asked that I produce this week’s Bulletin and share details about my work here.  Consider the following a Bulletin Lite.

MichellePoirier, secretary


There’s Something About Michelle


You can admit it.  You’re overflowing with questions about me and my work at the Federation.  It’s okay.  A person of my stature is accustomed to a high level of scrutiny.  I am an open book, eager to be read. 

The first thing to know about me is that I have no sense of humor.  None at all.

The next thing to know about me is that at the end of this month I will have been working for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford for one year.  Mazel tov to me!

When you call the Federation, it is my voice you hear.  When you receive mail from the Federation, it likely passed through my hands.  I process and acknowledge gifts, provide support for events, and write and edit letters and articles.  I have even been known to participate in an international cooking lesson.

I know some of you by face, some by voice, some by correspondence.  Knowing you, I have come to appreciate the mission of the Jewish Federation more fully.  I have learned more about Israel and its role in the Middle East and the world in the past year than I have in a lifetime prior to that.  I have witnessed the bonds that strengthen you as a group and as individuals.  A profound sense of history and indefatigable hope for the future is what I feel defines this Federation. 

How did I come to work here?  Amir hired me.  (Thank you, Amir.)  This is not my first time working for a nonprofit organization, though.  I worked in development (fundraising) for higher education and healthcare organizations for many years before taking about 10 years off to raise my young children.  In recent years, I was a substitute teacher at my children’s elementary school and a freelance writer specializing in radio advertisements.  Now I find myself back where I started – working for a mission I support – in the community I know and love.   

If I can be of assistance in the future, please contact me at   

Jewish Federations See Future in More Collaboration


Giving Jewishly was just one of the topics discussed at this week’s annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.  To learn more, read this JTA article General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.  “The most important thing . . . is to count how many good things we’re doing,” stated the president of Boston’s federation.  Indeed. 

Member Spotlight

Last Sunday’s Standard-Times featured a lengthy profile of a local institution and Federation member, Dr. Bernard Portnoy, pediatrician extraordinaire.  If you did not catch it then, here’s your chance to read the article.   

What’s Cooking

Za’atar is good.  Challah is good.  Savory za’atar challah, then, must be twice as good. 

Try this za'atar challah recipe and share with friends (some of whom work in the Federation office).


For Your Calendar

Following Kristallnacht in Vienna: The November Pogrom of 1938 and Its Impact on Emigration

Lecture and PowerPoint presentation by UMass Dartmouth professor Ilana Offenberger

WHEN:  Sunday, November 16, 3:00 PM

WHERE:  Tifereth Israel Synagogue

Ballot, Babies and Banners of Peace:  American Jewish Women’s Activism

Lecture by Rowan University professor Dr. Melissa R. Klapper

WHEN:  Thursday, November 20, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

WHERE:  U Mass Dartmouth Library Grand Reading Room (parking in lot 13)

Metropolitan Klezmer Quartet

“Ensemble creates inspired neo-traditional interpretations and compositions around a panoply of eclectic Yiddish repertoire.” 


WHEN:  Thursday, December 4, 7:30 PM 

WHERE:  Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford

HOW:  $25/ticket @ or 508-994-2900

Shabbat Shalom,


 The Bulletin is a weekly email from Amir Cohen, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford.  I welcome your feedback at